Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 28 November 2021), April 1826, trial of JOSEPH BAKER (t18260406-83).

JOSEPH BAKER, Theft > burglary, 6th April 1826.

Before Mr. Recorder.

659. JOSEPH BAKER was indicted for a burglary in the dwelling-house of Robert Goodman , on the night of the 11th of March , and stealing 1 bed, value 2l.; 1 bolster, value 10s.; 2 pillows, value 10s.; 2 pillow cases, value 2s.; 2 blankets, value 6s.; 1 sheet, value 3s.; 1 coverlid, value 2s.; 1 hat, value 10s.; 1 gown, value 4s, and 1 table cloth, value 1s. ; his property.

ROBERT GOODMAN. I live in Sale-street, Bethnalgreen . On Saturday, the 11th of March, I went out about half-past two o'clock, returned about half-past eight, and all this property was stolen. I found three of my neighbour's children in the house - the door was not forced - it must have been opened by a picklock-key.

EMMA GOODMAN . I am the prosecutor's wife. I went out about a quarter past three o'clock; I closed all the windows and shutters, and double locked the street door. On the 16th I found the prisoner in custody, with a gown and table cloth.

WILLIAM SMALLSHAW . I am shopman to Mr. Russell, a pawnbroker, of Shoreditch. On the 11th of March, about nine o'clock at night, a woman pawned this gown and table-cloth, in the name of Trapping, for 2s.

THOMAS GOODWIN . I am an officer. On Sunday, the 12th of March, about seven o'clock in the evening, I was in Waterloo town, Bethnal-green, and saw the prisoner with three men - we took all four into custody, and in the prisoner's waistcoat pocket, I found a duplicate of this gown and table cloth. I told him he was apprehended for a burglary committed last night close by, and I had no doubt but the duplicate was for some of the woman's clothes which were stolen; he said "I had no duplicates;" I said "You certainly had; I found one in your right hand waistcoat pocket;" he said "If you will swear that, you will swear any thing."

WILLIAM SMALLSHAW . That is the duplicate I gave the person.

PATIENCE WEATHERBURN . At the time of the robbery I lived in Quaker-street, Spitalfields. I pawned these things in the name of Trivens, not Trapping; I was at that time living with Trivens, and the people supposed I was his wife; I do not know the prisoner - I was at home, in Quaker's-street, on the 11th of March at seven o'clock - a young man came and asked for Trivens - he spoke to him, but I was cleaning and did not hear what he said - he had a bundle, and when they had done speaking, the young man turned round and said to me, "Will you pledge these" - it was a table-cloth and gown, and by persuasion, I pawned them at Russell's for 2s.; I returne dand put the duplicate on the table with the money- he and Trivens were both there; I did not see him put the duplicate, and money into his pocket; I told the Grand Jury I thought the prisoner was the man - but I do not know whether he is or not.

ELIZA LUCAS . I am nearly twelve years old, and live three doors from Mr. Goodman. I was going on an errand and saw his door open - it was dark and the lamps lighted- I listened but heard nobody moving in the house; I saw three men standing close by the door outside, and left them there; I returned in five minutes, and they were gone.(Property produced and sworn to.)

NOT GUILTY .